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The Fall of The Kings (Riverside) Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 2003
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Get the hot chocolate out and enjoy this bawdy, intellectually stimulating novel of love and betrayal.
Now, Ellen Kushner and her partner, Delia Sherman, have once again delighted my literary palate with 'The Fall of the Kings'. This novel is as rich as a Pre-Raphaelite painting, full of lush hues and romantic themes.
'The Fall of the Kings' is full of so many multifacted characters to love, to dislike and to ardently sigh over--Theron, the wonderfully charming, decadent, shamelessly self-indulgent, warm and idealistic son of Alec, from 'Swordspoint'; Basil St. Cloud, the handsome and charismatic young scholar with his longing for truth and passion for the past--and for Theron; The Lady Sophia could easily give her ancestress, Diane of Tramontaine a good fight. Where Diane's motivations were more mysterious, Sophia is quite open when it comes to wielding power. And of course, who could forget Theron's sister, Lady Jessica, the beautiful and ruthless pirate queen.
Even the ghost of Richard St. Vier makes a small spectral appearance.
Add to this heady mix raucous university students, dueling professors, hidebound scholars, men in elegant frocks, women in shimmering gowns, a heartless paintrix, ancient lore and buried secrets, and 'The Fall of the Kings' becomes the kind of novel that envelopes you in its many layers.
Like 'Swordspoint', the eroticism is subtle, allowing the reader to savor the intimate moments between Theron and Basil. Kushner and Sherman do not go into details, and as excellent storytellers, they do not need to.
'The Fall of the Kings' is another masterwork of high fantasy--a world that once visited is very hard to forget.
The council sends spies to the University to see if anyone has done anything that could be considered heresy. Two names keep cropping up in the investigation. History Professor Basis St. Cloud who thinks that magic once actually existed and Theron Campion, heir to the Duchy of Tremontaine. These two men are fated to play a prominent role in events that will usher in a new age of thought.
Ellen Kushner and Della Sherman combine their talents to create a work that is sublimely rich in characterizations and a perspective similar to medieval Europe. The political infighting at the university adds a sense of the ridiculous to this very serious epic drama. The characters, fully developed and complex creations, are prisoners of their place in society, which makes them all the more interesting when they step out of their station in life. THE FALL OF KINGS is an experience not to be missed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These Riverside books are great. Not as complicated as A Song of Ice and Fire, but definitely exciting and a lot of political intrigue.Published on April 4, 2014 by Bunny lady
As with all the books rated here, none of them disappointed and suppliers were great too! I like books with good character development and dialog, So these are all well worth... Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Richard K. Schoellhorn
Some sixty years after the events of Swordspoint, generations after the nation's last king was assassinated, a rebellious ancient history professor meets a wayward nobleman with... Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Juushika
The character and the plot is compelling, making me stay up all night to finish the book. However,the book really sets out to disappoint the reader again and again, focusing on the... Read morePublished on June 9, 2011 by Masfin
I loved this book - and yet I hated the ending - but I'd still recommend it. Weird huh...
I think I hated it because for nearly the whole book I get to be inside Theron... Read more
While there was plenty in Swordspoint and in Privilege Of The Sword that I didn't love, at least the books were well-written, relatively straight-forward in plot (plenty of twists,... Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by RobynB
This book is outstandingly marvelous!
Give yourself a treat and read its predecessors in the trilogy: Swordspoint and The Privilege of the Sword. Read more
Being a fan of the world of Swordspoint, I couldn't wait for this book to arrive. I stayed up to read it. Read morePublished on August 13, 2009 by Rabid Reader